<![CDATA[LIGHTCHASER PHOTO - BLOG / MANRESOID]]>Wed, 29 Jul 2020 10:04:34 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[On Photography_001]]>Mon, 08 Jun 2020 13:53:18 GMThttp://lightchaser.photos/blog--manresoid/on-photography_001I am a photographer. I fell in love with photography ever since I picked up a used photography book, full of magical images, from a street stall in the Village in New York City.It has been a long time, but I still remember clearly the images that were "the hook"…                                 As a matter of fact, I purchased the book for the sum of $1.98…took it home and was so taken by what I saw the I went back every day until I had a "library" of three books over the mantle of the gigantic fireplace in my tiny, thrice subdivided Village apartment. You know what the funniest thing is: Those three books are sitting on my bookshelf as I write this; furthermore, I keep them within easy reach so I can get both a jolt and a reminder about why I do what I do.  
Photography is a way to connect to the outer world. It is also a projection of that which is whithin, that wich my inner eye selects to see…and share with the world.
In spite of the fact that a portion of photography is a technical endeavor, for this photographer it is primarily an intuitive process…i have to be constantly reminding myself to "check the settings!", "is the right filter on?", how's the battery?"…I force myself to do those things for I know that ignoring them could, very likely, ruin the shot. 
I accept the fact that no image will be perfect, and I try to make the imperfections part of the process, to integrate them if you will, into the end result - whatever that means to a specific image.
I am reminded of a story I read - here is an excerpt;

Of the two apprentices, Boso was the most skilled, the most expert thrower. His pots were always straight, symmetrical, and perfectly formed. He had received much praise and encouragement from the Master. But gradually the favorable comments became more infrequent. 
One day, the Master stopped at Boso's wheel.
   
"Your pots are too straight and perfect," he said.
   
"How can I change them?" asked Boso.
   
"Stop trying so hard! Relax! Let the clay do what it wants to do."
Boso then began to work at loosening his style. He encouraged irregularities and saw to it that each piece had something a little out-of-round or off center. He was sure that he was making progress, but for a long time there was no comment from the Master. But finally the Master stopped again at Boso's wheel.
   
"Your pots are too crooked, too eccentric," he said.
   
"But how shall I change them now?" asked Boso.
   
"Stop trying so hard! Relax! Let the clay do what it wants to do."

It is the same with light…..

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<![CDATA[The beginning...]]>Tue, 26 May 2020 16:34:41 GMThttp://lightchaser.photos/blog--manresoid/the-beginning
Well, it is June 8, 2020, and I am writing my first blog post.
I can’t help but think back, this being the 70th or 80th day of self-isolation (not counting, really) due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and I must say that in trying to find the good in an awful situation - we are now past the 2,OOO,OOO cases and 115,000 deaths here in the US, and with pressure from the White House to open up the country, seeing the madness (for I could not call it anything else) of the crowds on the beaches and public places bunched uptight and no masks - the second wave of infections is already happening in some states as we speak…..so enough of that.
My initial point is that in looking back it dawned on me that the last 20 years have been rough on this country, its people and the economy; beginning with September 11, 2001, then the mega-recession of 2008, and now, the Covid-19 pandemic of 2019 of which we have not seen the end.
But back to the good - keeping in mind that the good is the enemy of the better and the better the enemy of the best - the isolation gave me the time and space to finally do something I’ve been wanting to do for years, which is to re-organize my photo library, which altogether amounted to +/- 30,000 images, I also decided to change both editing and asset management software, go through the multiple learning curves and then start work on a new website, since my previous site had been hacked and used by spammers to do whatever it is they do, as a direct result the site was blacklisted by search engines and had to be shut down.
I am but a few days from publishing this new site, with a new domain, new site architecture, and built-in protection…and this site also provides the ability to have a blog, which I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
So…here we are…and here we go!!
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